Myth of Italy in Victorian England
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and the Myth of Italy in Victorian England
The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome is devoting an important exhibition to the mutual fascination that existed between 19th-century English art and Italian artistic culture, in which more than 100 works on loan from private collectors and international museums are on display, many for the first time in Italy. The main nucleus of paintings comprises the Pre-Raphaelites Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris and explores the kind of Classicism associated with the Royal Academy, as interpreted by artists such as Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore, George F. Watts and John William Waterhouse. The show ends with a section devoted to Italian artists – Nino Costa, Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Adolfo De Carolis, Gaetano Previati – who in the last decades of the 19th century revived, through their discovery of the English Pre-Raphaelites no less, the artistic tradition of the Renaissance and made it the cultural and ideological root of Italian identity. The Fondazione Cariplo is participating in this exhibition with The Dance of the Hours by Gaetano Previati.